Dr. Cheyenne Trussell named new MPSD athletic director

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MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - Meridian Public School District has named Dr. Cheyenne Trussell its new athletic director, beginning in the 2020-21 school year.

(Courtesy: Starkville Oktibbeha Consolidated School District)

Trussell is a 1979 graduate of Meridian High School where he was a member of the undefeated Big Eight Conference championship football team in 1978. He has served as athletic director for the Starkville Oktibbeha Consolidated School District since 2017.

MPSD Superintendent Dr. Amy Carter said, "I am so glad that Dr. Trussell is coming home to his alma mater. He knows that the Meridian Public School District strives for excellence and is accustomed to success in all phases of athletics. I am looking forward to Dr. Trussell being a part of that Wildcat success again."

Trussell was introduced to the community at a Thursday news conference.

"I'm extremely excited to be back in the community that was instrumental in my own personal growth," said Trussell. "I can't say thanks enough to Dr. Carter, members of the board as well as the community for embracing me here today. We want to build a type of program that we want everyone to be proud of in the community. And those that maybe have moved away, we want them back. We want to build a type of program in all sports that everyone in this city can be proud of and want to be a part of."

Trussell will replace current Meridian Public School District A.D. Chuck Butler, who will be retiring at the end of the school year.